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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

September 2014

For those attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in Chicago, we hope you will join us for ICO-Sponsored events and courses.

The Conference for Ophthalmic Educators (SYM58) on Saturday, October 18 from 2–5:30 p.m. will be an afternoon of workshops and discussion for those interested in ophthalmic education.

ICO-sponsored courses for educators will be offered as Course 606, Course 607, and Lab 138.

Please read on for more details about these events, and other new courses and resources for ophthalmic educators.

Gabriela Palis, MD
Editor in Chief, Center for Ophthalmic Educators

October 4 Application Deadline: Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions Online Course, October 27–December 19, 2014

The application deadline is October 4 for the next edition of the ICO’s online course, Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions. The course offers another opportunity for a unique and enriching experience for ophthalmic educators, and has been the most popular online course from the ICO to date.

Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions is designed to be valuable for all teachers, even if you have limited experience utilizing online tools and software in your teaching. Participants will learn to generate interactions that foster knowledge and critical thinking, as well as how to use different approaches when teaching facts, concepts, procedures, processes, and principles. 

The eight-week course will take place October 27–December 19, 2014. Apply by October 4, 2014 to participate!

Apply to the online course, Transforming Lectures.

Download the course flyer for more information.

Your Comments Requested: ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Glaucoma

Now available online, the ICO is seeking review and comments on the ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Glaucoma.

Chaired by Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, the Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum Committee has endeavored to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curriculum be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. 

Please visit the new Glaucoma Curriculum and provide your feedback in the comments area at the conclusion of the curriculum. Your comments regarding the curriculum’s accuracy, ease of adaptability, and relevance to your region are important inputs for consideration by the Glaucoma Curriculum Committee.

Review and comment on the draft Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum now.

Attend the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators in Chicago, October 18, 2014

Join us Saturday afternoon during the AAO meeting on October 18, 2014, from 2–5:30 p.m. for the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators.

Open to all registered attendees of AAO 2014 without additional fee, the Conference on “Improving Teaching Effectiveness” is intended for educators from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of experience. You will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, discussions, and brief plenary sessions, including workshops on curriculum adaptation, workshop development, and helping residents develop critical-thinking skills. Those who attend the full Conference will receive a certificate of participation.

To locate the Conference in the AAO Program, search for “SYM58” in the program browser at https://secure.aao.org/apps/ and add it to your planner.

Learn more about the Chicago Conference for Ophthalmic Educators.

Review the Conference agenda.

Description: Residency Program Director Role

The ICO Teaching the Teachers Committee has developed a document describing the role of a Residency Program Director. This resource aims to develop understanding of the Residency Program Director's role––their function and duties––and provide expectations for the position.

By clearly defining the valuable role of a Residency Program Director, the document serves to support those already in this position, demonstrate why this position is needed, and clarify why the Residency Program Director should be a separate person from the department or program chair.

Access the Residency Program Director Role Description.

ICO Sponsored Education Courses During AAO 2014

Please join us at these ICO-sponsored courses for educators during AAO 2014:

“Presentation Skills: How to Improve the Effectiveness of Lectures” (Course 607) on Sunday, October 19, 2–3 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room N427A. The course will increase participants’ abilities and tools for making lectures more engaging, active, and effective. An Academy Plus Course Pass is required to attend.

“How to Use Free Technology to Add Interactivity to Face-to-Face Lectures and Presentations” (Lab 138) on Monday, October 20, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room N227A. This lab will cover the principles, strategies, and techniques of lecture interactivity. Attendees will actively participate using their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. A Skills Transfer Lab Fee is required to attend the below lab.

“Resident, Faculty, and Program Assessment: Principles and Best Practices” (Course 606) on Monday, October 20, 4:30–5:30 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room N135. The course will focus on principles of good assessment practices and discuss effective faculty and program evaluation designed to improve teaching effectiveness. An Academy Plus Course Pass is required to attend.

Review course abstracts and Conference for Educators Agenda.

Search the AAO Program for Course 606, Course 607, and Lab 138.

Free Online Course: Introduction to Cataract Surgery

The University of Michigan has developed a free online course, Introduction to Cataract Surgery, through Coursera.org.

A potentially valuable course for your residents, this four-week comprehensive course reviews the basics of cataract surgery covering topics such as preoperative evaluation, phacoemulsification, IOLs, and complications. The anticipated course load is 1–3 hours a week.

The first edition begins October 6, 2014, with additional editions scheduled in 2015.

Learn more and join the course at Coursera.

CPD: Top Tips on Developing Your Personal Development Plan

BMJ Learning offers the free online course, Top Tips on Developing Your Personal Development Plan, for continuing professional development (CPD). The course is accredited by various authorities, including BMJ Learning.

The CPD course aims to help participants identify learning needs across the full scope of their work, to write an effective Personal Development Plan, and to actively manage their plan throughout the year.

Access the BMJ Course now.

JCAHPO’s Contact Lens Learning Systems

Contact Lens Learning Systems, from the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), is an interactive series of CD-ROMs focusing on contact lenses. Series 1 and 2 cover contact lens basics, soft contact lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, and advanced fitting.

See an overview of Contact Lens Learning Systems from JCAHPO.

Technology Blog: Editing Photos in PowerPoint

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses how to edit photo backgrounds in PowerPoint slides without Photoshop. Review the post and the included video to improve your presentations.

Learn more on the technology blog.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Webinar Software

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library Blog recommends the Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology (MEAJO) article, "Webinar Software: A Tool for Developing More Effective Lectures (Online or In-Person)” by Drs. Eduardo Mayorga, Jesica Bekerman, Ana Gabriela Palis.

Read more and access the article on the education blog.

WOC2018: 16–19 June 2018 in Barcelona, Spain

The World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology will include a scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. 

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy. 

Check out the latest WOC details and sign up to receive updates via email: www.icoph.org/woc2018
 
With over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Register now!

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